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The Russian Revolution and Britain, 1917-1928

The Russian Revolution and Britain, 1917-1928Revolutionary Russia polarised British opinion, provoking fascination, admiration and fear which directly affected British domestic politics, and foreign and economic policy. The archives at the Modern Records Centre include significant primary sources relating to the relationship between the two countries in the decade following the Russian Revolution, particularly regarding the response of the British labour movement. More than 650 documents from our collections have been digitised and are now freely available online.

You can explore the full collection by choosing the options to search or browse all sources. Groups of documents on key subjects have been gathered together in our 'selected sources by theme', together with a series of contemporary maps which provide useful background information.

A smaller selection of documents on the Soviet Union after 1928 are included in our online resources for the University of Warwick module on Stalinism in Europe.

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Selected sources by theme:

Maps of Russia and the Soviet Union

Maps of Russia and the Soviet Union

The February Revolution, 1917

The February Revolution

The October Revolution, 1917

October Revolution

Britain and the Russian Civil War, 1918-1922

Britain and the Russian Civil War

"Form your Councils of Action!": Britain and the Polish–Soviet War, 1920

Britain and the Polish-Soviet War

Famine in Russia, 1921-1922

Famine in Russia, 1921-1922

Eyewitness accounts: visitors to Soviet Russia, 1917-1928

Eyewitness accounts

Eyewitness accounts: Trades Union Congress delegations, 1920 and 1924

Trades Union Congress delegations

Eyewitness accounts: Tom Mann in Russia, 1921-1927

Tom Mann in Russia

Picturing Russia: images of the country and its rulers

Picturing Russia

Presenting Lenin, 1924-1927

Presenting Lenin

Russia and the British voter: the 'Zinoviev Letter', 'Red Scare' and 1924 general election

Russia and the British voter

The 'Red Terror' and political opposition

The

The Soviet economy and Anglo-Soviet trade

The Soviet economy and Anglo-Soviet trade

Trade union unity? The TUC and Communism at home and abroad

Trade union unity?

The ARCOS raid and break in Anglo-Soviet relations, 1927

The ARCOS raid and break in Anglo-Soviet relations